How do you remain in Jesus? Do what he did, Pope says

Vatican City, May 3, 2015 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to a parish on the southern outskirts of Rome, where he told parishioners that in order to be a good Christian they must always be attached to Jesus, who gives life. “To remain in Jesus, and this is the hardest of all, means to do what Jesus did. To have the same attitude as Jesus,” the Pope told parishioners at Mary Queen of Peace in Ostia Lido, in the south of the diocese of Rome, May 3. “When we expel … [Read more...]

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Unity with Christ will transform your life, Pope says

Vatican City, May 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Regina Coeli address Pope Francis focused on the parable of the vine and the branches, saying that it reveals the importance of uniting oneself to Jesus, who changes how we live. “Jesus is the life, and through him – like sap in a tree – the love of the same God, of the Holy Spirit, passes to the branches,” the Pope told attendees of his May 3 Regina Coeli address. “We receive a new way of … [Read more...]

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Who’s on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome’s homeless community

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2015 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving. “The most beautiful note, harmony, symphony of the pentagram is that of charity, because it's everywhere and always touches the chords of each heart, of whoever makes them feel it and whoever hears it,” Mons. Diego … [Read more...]

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Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family. “The most persuasive witness of the blessing of Christian marriage is the good life of Christian spouses, and the family,” the Pope said to some 60,000 people in Saint Peter's Square April 29. “There is no better way … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis donates $100,000 to Nepal relief efforts

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Saturday’s massive earthquake devastated the Southeast Asian country of Nepal, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has offered financial assistance to the local community as a sign of solidarity. In an April 28 communique, it was emphasized that the donation is “a first and immediate concrete expression of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement for the people and the affected areas” on behalf of the … [Read more...]

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How to encounter Islam, according to Pope Francis: with the whole truth

Vatican City, Apr 28, 2015 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking Monday to the bishops of the west African nation of Benin, Pope Francis encouraged their formation of youth through education, emphasizing particularly the importance of intercultural and interreligious encounter. “Another important challenge you face is that of vigilance with youth and education … this effort should continue without abatement for the integral formation, both human and spiritual, of the younger … [Read more...]

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The ‘theology of the people’, according to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a previously unpublished 2012 lecture, Pope Francis explains the inner sense of the ‘theology of the people,' emphasizing that popular piety is the antithesis of widespread secularization. The lecture has now been published for the first time, in the Italian edition of “An Introduction to the Theology of the People,” by Argentine theologian Ciro Enrique Bianchi, a pupil of Victor Manuel Fernandez – rector … [Read more...]

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